What was the last creative way you used a disappointing product?

I pulled out a few makeup brushes that I don’t like but still had on hand and used them to clean between my keyboard keys!

— Christine
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I’m going to try to crush up old eyeshadow to make watercolors. I read online that if I add a few drops of gum arabic which is just a binder, I can make watercolor paint palettes like the ones they sell in store. However, I heard also that this works better with loose eyeshadows. Well, no pain no gain. I’m gonna try it on my wet n wild palettes (cuz cheap haha).

I don’t have any come to mind, but I’m here for the other answers! Maybe I’ll get more ideas. 🙂
Great question!

Other than using an old powder formula dry shampoo as a grease stain remover, I cannot think of anything else? And that’s only if I don’t have any cornstarch on hand!

The only thing that jumps readily to mind is using e/s as colouring mediums for art projects. The shimmers are particularly pretty when used on dry paper clay or resin products and then sealed.

I’ve used face brushes to brush glue onto the back of puzzles.

I plan to use a face cleanser which broke me out as hand soap or brush cleaner. I don’t think that’s very creative though!

Neutrogena All-in-One Cleansing Lotion doesn’t feel great as a face wash, but man does it get my foundation brushes bright white again (baby shampoo and Beauty Blender cleanser never could).

I also use Maybelline’s SuperStay foundation as a spot concealer, it’s too thick for me as a foundation but cheaper and doesn’t blend away like most other concealers tend to do on me.

When I don’t like a shampoo, I use it to clean my bathtub or sink. Smells awesome.

I use face moisturizers that break me out and samples that I don’t like on my hands, they’re less greasy and less perfumey than most hand creams. Waste not, want not.

I removed the crappy blush from a LE compact I liked. I crushed up the blush, and worked it through a small sieve, and it applies much better as a loose powder.

Next, I took a mirror I saved out from packaging that broke, and glued it into the empty compact, so at least I can use it as a purse mirror.

That’s a great idea, Christine! I use the compacts of powders I don’t like as mirrors when travelling or to the beach, cause I don’t mind if they break or get sand in them (not very creative, though)

I used broken eyeshadow in a clear top coat to make a purple shimmer nail polish.
I’ve used cakey looking loose setting powder as a grease stain treatment.

I have given an eyeliner brush to a friend who paints miniatures.

You can take any bad eyeshadow(dry, doesnt blend well, chunky shimmers etc.) And scrap a little onto a palette with a spoolie and mix it with a mixing medium. Makes an awesome colorful or shimmery eyeliner or makes it super easy to paint on a cut crease.

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